The College Football Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that former Nebraska All-American and 1983 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier is among 13 former college greats who are part of the 2006 Division I-A Hall of Fame Class.
The 2006 College Football Hall of Fame Division I-A Class, which also includes legendary coaches Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno, will be inducted at the 49th Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, 2006, at the Waldorf-Astoria in
Rozier will become the 13th former Husker great in the College Football Hall of Fame, and
“I am honored to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame,” Rozier said. “It is such a great honor to be mentioned with the other Hall of Fame members who have gone before me and those who are in this class. I was fortunate that God gave me the talent to play the game I love. I loved my time at
Rozier captured the Heisman Trophy in 1983, following a record-setting senior campaign. Rozier rushed for 2,148 yards on 275 carries and scored a school-record 29 touchdowns. Rozier averaged 179 yards per game, while rushing for more than 100 yards in 11 straight games, including a career-best 285 yards against
Overall, Rozier captured Big Eight player-of-the-week honors six times in his Husker career and his 49 career rushing touchdowns and 312 points trail only fellow Heisman winner Eric Crouch among position players in the Husker record book.
Osborne said Rozier possessed all the skills of the great running backs and is deserving of his selection to the Hall of Fame.
“Mike was one of the greatest running backs I’ve seen,” Osborne said. “He had great ability to make people miss while continuing up-field, without much deviation in his path. He had great balance and always had a great deal of fun playing the game and was enjoyable to be around. I congratulate Mike and his family.”
Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson was on the football staff during Rozier’s Husker playing career and said Rozier’s personality was as important as his on-field contributions.
“Mike was not only a great football player and a terrific competitor, but he also brought a spirit of fun to the game that made him special,” Pederson said. “His love for
Rozier spent eight years in professional football, including seven seasons in the NFL. He spent six seasons with the Houston Oilers from 1985 to 1990, before closing his career with the Atlanta Falcons in 1990 and 1991. He began his pro career with the Pittsburgh Maulers in the USFL in 1984, and he played with the USFL's Jacksonville Bulls in 1985.
Rozier and his wife Rochelle live in
In addition to Rozier, the following players are part of the 2006 Division I-A Hall of Fame Class: Bobby Anderson, RB, Colorado (1967-69); Bennie Blades, DB, Miami (1985-87); Carl Eller, T, Minnesota (1961-63); Steve Emtman, DL, Washington (1989-91); Thomas Everett, FS, Baylor (1983-86); Chad Hennings, DT, Air Force (1984-87); Chip Kell, OG, Tennessee (1968-70); Mike Phipps, QB, Purdue (1967-69); Jeff Siemon, LB, Stanford (1968-71); Bruce Smith, DT, Virginia Tech (1981-84); Emmitt Smith, RB, Florida (1987-89); Charlie Ward, QB, Florida State (1989-93).
Player, Position Yrs at
Ed Weir, Tackle 1923-25 1951
George Sauer, Fullback 1931-33 1954
Guy Chamberlin, End 1913-15 1962
Clarence Swanson, End 1918-21 1973
Sam Francis, Fullback 1934-36 1977
Bobby Reynolds, Halfback 1950-52 1984
Forrest Behm, Tackle 1938-40 1988
Wayne Meylan, Middle Guard 1965-67 1991
Bob Brown, Guard 1961-63 1993
Rich Glover, Middle Guard 1970-72 1995
Dave Rimington, Center 1979-82 1997
Johnny Rodgers, Wingback 1970-72 2000
Mike Rozier, I-Back 1981-83 2006
Coach Yrs. at NU Year of Induction
Fielding Yost 1898 1951
Dana X. Bible 1929-36 1951
E.N. Robinson 1896-97 1955
Bob Devaney 1962-72 1981
Tom Osborne 1973-97 1998